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Monday, September 9, 2013
Barguil wins 16th Vuelta stage; Nibali keeps lead

Associated Press

ARAMON FORMIGAL, Spain -- Warren Barguil of France won the mountainous 16th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday, timing his final sprint up the steep Aramon Formigal peak. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy fended off rivals to keep the overall lead.

Barguil, a 21-year-old rider for Argos-Shimano, finished in 3 hours, 43 minutes, 31 seconds. He was just ahead of Rigoberto Uran of Colombia, who had the same time.

"Today it was a very nice race for me," Barguil said. "I had very good legs and I attacked. Then, when I saw Uran coming after me, I thought I would wait a bit and held back to see if I could still sprint a bit at the end, and I did."

Poland's Bartosz Huzarski was third, three seconds behind, on the 91-mile ride from Graus to Aramon Formigal.

Nibali lost time on the final ascent to Christopher Horner but remained in the overall lead, 28 seconds ahead of the American.

"It was a difficult stage with the wind against us," Nibali said. "I thought I would be in better shape, but it was a very difficult ascent. The last three kilometers were very tough, especially after three difficult days of racing, but I'm still optimistic."

With less than 2 miles to go, Uran began to attack Barguil on the climb up the 5,906-foot Aramon Formigal. The peak is set in the former kingdom of Aragon, now a region in northeast Spain.

The race resumes after a day's rest with the 17th stage on Wednesday, a 117-mile ride from Calahorra to Burgos.